How Does Dental Bridge Work?

implant supported dental bridge

A dental bridge is a type of false tooth that is placed between two crowns that are made of porcelain that replaces a tooth or teeth that are missing and must be replaced. A fixed dental bridge is attached on either side of the false tooth or teeth. This type of procedure is permanent as opposed to dentures, which can be removed.

There are three different types of dental bridges. Although all serve the same purpose of bridging the gap between teeth where a tooth is missing, the condition of a patient’s existing teeth will largely determine which sort of bridge will best suit them. These types are as follows:

 

Traditional fixed bridge.

a 3 unit dental bridge

In this kind of bridging, a false tooth is anchored in the mouth with two crowns that are attached to the two natural teeth on either side of the space here the dental bridge will go. The surrounding natural teeth usually have to be sculpted and reduced in size a bit to make room for the dental crown and dental bridge.

The two crowns and the false teeth are bonded together into one unit, and the combination is then affixed in the patient’s mouth. Fixed bridges work well with people who have fillings because existing fillings can actually be used as foundation for the crowns that are placed on the patient’s natural teeth.

 

Resin bonded bridge.

resin bonded dental bridge

This kind of dental bridge is usually less expensive than a fixed dental bridge, but unfortunately, it is not for everybody. A bonded bridge is usually offered only to a patient who has healthy, well maintained teeth surrounding the area where it is to be inserted. People with weak, unhealthy teeth or those whose surrounding teeth which have large fillings in them are generally not candidates for bonded bridges.

These bridges are also more likely to be affixed in areas that are not stressed during eating, and are popular for replacing missing front teeth. The disadvantage with these kinds of bridges is that they are pronte to failure. Often they de-bond from the natural teeth and then will require to be re-bonded to the natural teeth

 

Cantilever bridge.

cantilever dental bridge

This is like a bonded bridge, a cantilever bridge is typically used on the front teeth and in areas that are not stressed when a person is chewing. This type of bridge is usually used when a person has a natural tooth on only one side of the space where the bridge will sit, instead of on both sides. Cantilever bridges are designed to adhere on just one side to the natural tooth/ teeth to the left or to the right of where the false tooth will sit.

Brighton Implant Clinic has clinics located in Sussex. Each of our clinics are equipped with modern equipment to provide dental implant treatment.

 

 

Written by Bruno Silva

Dr Bruno Silva is a clinical director at the Brighton Implant Clinic. Dr Silva graduated from WITS Dental School in 2000. After moving to the UK he worked in practices in London and Brighton. He has been placing dental implants since 2003 and has since completed MClinDent masters degree from Kings College London.

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